Geneva: Holidays

The Peace Capital


Backpacking in Geneva

Backpacking in Geneva can be expensive in comparison to other cities but there is affordable accommodation and a number of low budget activities if you do your research well. The area near the Gare Cornivan has economical accommodation and hostels can also be found in the Paquis area. Hiring a bike in Geneva is very cheap and a great way to see the city on a backpacking budget. Geneva’s location is ideal if you are doing a backpacking trip in Europe with there is easy access to the airport, and a number of rails routes coming in out of the country from other main cities. Many of the museums and attractions are free of charge or cheaper in the low season.


Camping in Geneva

There are no campsites in the city centre of Geneva but a short train or car ride out of the city will take you into the countryside where campsites can be found along the lakeside beaches and within nature reserves. Camping is a great way to enjoy the nature and scenic side of Geneva without the traffic, noise or city bustle. The campsites in Geneva have great facilities including swimming pools, bike hire, restaurants, and shops, and are about ten minutes away from the city centre. Prices vary but range from about CHF 15 per person per night. There is often a charge for dogs.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Geneva

Despite being a well known city for global business, finance, and international affairs, Geneva provides the perfect setting for a city break in Europe Full of culture, architecture, and history, Geneva is an obvious choice if you are looking for a short city break within picturesque surroundings. If you are a fan of shopping, a city break in Geneva provides the perfect setting with its endless boutiques, shopping centres and market stalls scattered throughout the city. Don’t forget to sample the Swiss chocolates! If you prefer arts, history and culture, there is a huge array of museums, galleries, and places of interest including the Patek Phillippe Museum (for watch lovers), Cathédrale St Pierre, the United Nations building, the Brunswick Monument, Jet d’Eau, and the Flower Clock. The surrounding Alps and Jura mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing city break in Geneva. There are plenty of tours, by foot, bike or bus, and tranquil boat trips across the lake. Whatever you are looking for in a city break, Geneva has something for everyone.

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in Geneva

Geneva is a great place to hold corporate weekends. The city is geared towards international business with plenty of hotels with appropriate business facilities, and there are a wide range of conference or exhibition centres throughout the city for a corporate weekend. Geneva’s location makes it easy for people to travel to from all of Europe’s major cities by air or rail. There are also a wide range of activities to take part in throughout the city once the business has been completed

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Geneva

If you are looking for a culture and arts holiday in Europe, Geneva is a perfect place to visit. There is an extensive range of sights, historical monuments, attractions, galleries, concert halls, live music venues, festivals, architecture, theatres, and over 30 world class museums. You will not be disappointed with a culture and arts holiday in Geneva except for the fact that you might run out of time before you get to see everything!

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Geneva

If you are looking for a cycling holiday, Geneva is a fantastic place to start. The main cycle routes take you along the lakefront but can go on for miles. Bike hire is free of charge, (with the exception of a small deposit) from May to October to encourage a green way of getting around the city. If you are looking for a more extreme or adventurous cycling holiday, take a trip out of Geneva to the nearby Jura Mountains or the French Alps. Many of the winter ski resorts turn into mountain biking and cycling resorts from May to October with a wide range of trails suitable for all abilities.

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Geneva

Geneva is a great place to take your family for a holiday as there is something to suit everyone. Many of the hotels can provide family size rooms and there are often discounts on many attractions and sights by purchasing a family ticket rather than individual ones. Children are welcome in most restaurants and cafes and receive a 50 per cent reduction in most attractions. Teenagers can enjoy the shops, cafes, cinema complex, cycle routes, and festivals, while the younger children can play in the parks, on the lake front beach, or hop on the mini train. There are plenty of picnic areas on the lakefront, great for families, and Geneva is a safe and clean city perfect for a family holiday.

Shopping Holiday

Shopping Holiday in Geneva

If you love your retail therapy, a shopping holiday in Geneva is perfect. Geneva has hundreds of shops, boutiques, department stores, market stalls, and shopping malls full of high quality clothes, watches, chocolates, crafts, and souvenirs. But be warned, Geneva can be an expensive place for a shopping holiday so if you are looking for a bargain or something unusual, head towards the Carouge area of Geneva for great crafts, trinkets, and market stalls. Rue du Rhône is the place to be if you like your luxury brands or expensive specialised boutiques. Geneva is paradise if you are a watch lover with brands from Rolex to Swatch. Department stores, shopping malls, and familiar high street names are great for those on a lower budget. Metro Shopping Cornavin is located close to the train station and Manor department store provides six floors and panoramic views of the city. Shops in Geneva are open six days a week from 9am to 7pm, and are closed on Sundays. Shops accept most debit and credit cards and also cash in Swiss Francs and Euros, though change from Euros will be give in Swiss Francs. Geneva is an excellent place for a shopping holiday in Europe.

Skiing - Snow Boarding

Skiing - Snow Boarding in Geneva

Geneva is surrounded by mountains making it the main place people fly into for a skiing or snowboarding holiday. Ski resorts in the French Alps are just one hour away by car and there are plenty of places to ski or snowboard including Chamonix, Flaine, Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Champery, Les Crosets, Morillion, St Gervais, Megeve, Argentiere, Les Gets, Gstaad, Leysin and Château d'Oex. Transfers can be arranged from Geneva airport to resorts all across the Alps, so whether your ski resort is in Chamonix or Verbier, Geneva is the place to start your skiing or snowboarding holiday.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Geneva

Geneva is a great place for relaxing, pampering yourself, and indulging in a little ‘me’ time. Many hotels in the city offer their own luxury spa treatments perfect for a stress-free spa holiday. Geneva has Turkish baths, perfect for shaking off life’s trouble and unwinding into your own paradise. If you fancy a trip out of town, head to the town of Pays de Gex, located at the bottom of the Jura mountains, 15 km from Geneva. The hot springs are said to have healing elements and there are public thermal baths and health and spa facilities.

Wine Tasting Holiday

Wine Tasting Holiday in Geneva

Geneva has the largest wine growing region in Switzerland providing 13.5 million litres a year; perfect for a wine tasting holiday. There are a number of wine tasting tours which take visitors through over forty vineyards and along a 7km trail, full of historic facts and with a sample tasting treat at the end. The scenery is breathtaking and the wine is delicious – just remember to leave your car behind!


Honeymoon in Geneva

Geneva is a beautiful place for a honeymoon. Whether you are looking to spend your days on the slopes and your nights in a romantic ski lodge, or pampering yourself in Geneva's top hotels, Geneva has so much to offer couples. It may be an expensive honeymoon destination, but the money is definitely worth it.